When I was a little boy, I looked up to people that were older than me. I was greatly influenced by adults who were friends of the family, and each person made a lasting impression on me. Learning about each person was a treat. Finding out their favorite pastimes and where they worked, etc. was a lot of fun, but even as an unsaved little child, I could see a difference in some people as compared to others and also by what my parents taught me.
Growing up into my teenage years, I could see how people were changing. Well, they probably had not changed, but were being one way around me then and was letting their guard down as I was getting older. This change in people began to work on me a little. Their language was courser and foul words seemed to flow from their mouths with too much ease and familiarity! “How could this be?” I would ask myself.
What people seem to forget as the get up in years is that young people are not stupid! Usually teenagers are quite idealistic. They have not yet perfected the sacred art of hypocrisy; though, that usually comes a bit later! Furthermore, young people can see right through “water downed” Christianity. They go along with the counterfeit because they think it is cool that an adult will rebel against what is “supposed” to be right and go their direction.
Since those experiences years ago, I have seen things get tragically worse! It seems, like in the days of the Old Testament Book of Judges, people are doing “that which was right in his own eyes”. When will Christian adults quit opting for a role reversal and be the consistent, God fearing example for young people?
As stated earlier, many of those family friends made a lasting impression on me. Don’t misunderstand me, they were not all bad. In fact, several of those folks have proven to be a source of strength in the storms of my life! This leads me to ask you a very candid question… “Will you be a textbook example of a genuine hypocrite or will you be a stalwart testimony of a Bible believing Christian?” The choice is yours. Which will you be?
(Judges 17:6) “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (KJV)